During my senior year of high school, I lost a friend to suicide. During that same year, my high school lost a second student to suicide. This is not something anyone (especially 17 year olds) should have to face. A few years later, my extended family lost a loved one to suicide. I also knew I was not alone. Almost everyone I talked to had lost someone or they knew someone who had lost a loved one to suicide. Through these experiences, in 2014 Catherine and I cooked up an event that would benefit the cause in an extremely positive way. After an incredible amount of support in raising $14,500 for AFSP in our first year, we wanted others to be able to "conquer" suicide and channel those feelings into a physical challenge while also funding AFSP for research, education, and help for those who need it. Out of this, 46Climbs was born.
This year, I will again be participating in 46Climbs for Suicide Prevention to benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). I would appreciate any support that you give me for this worthwhile cause.
AFSP is at the forefront of research, education and prevention initiatives designed to reduce loss of life from suicide. With more than 38,000 lives lost each year in the U.S. and over one million worldwide, the importance of AFSP's mission has never been greater, nor our work more urgent.
I hope you will consider supporting my participation in this event. Any contribution will help the work of AFSP, and all donations are 100% tax deductible.
Donating online is safe and easy! To make an online donation please click the "Support This Participant" button on this page.
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide. AFSP creates a culture that’s smart about mental health through education and community programs, develops suicide prevention through research and advocacy, and provides support for those affected by suicide. Led by CEO Robert Gebbia and headquartered in New York, AFSP has local chapters in all 50 states with programs and events nationwide. Learn more about AFSP in our latest Annual Report, and join the conversation on suicide prevention by following AFSP on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.